Offset Your Footprint

Corporations, institutions, organizations, and individuals can purchase credits to offset your climate footprint.

View available investment credit options

Establishing Your Annual Climate Footprint

The first step in offsetting your climate footprint is to understand its full scope. (If you are not interested in offsetting your footprint, you can still invest in solutions). The Registry's comprehensive climate accounting approach provides the most complete picture of your organization’s climate footprint ever available. Here’s how:

  • In addition to annual greenhouse gases, the footprint includes all other contributing climate pollutants and factors, as well as accumulating emissions, based on the latest IPCC consensus climate science.
  • The assessment can zero in on specific time periods, for instance, from now to 2030, or from now to 2050.

This comprehensive approach sets you on a path to greater mitigation opportunities and success.

Purchase Offset Credits

Once you know your climate footprint, you can set your goals for partially or fully offsetting this footprint by purchasing and retiring credits that have been independently validated and verified.

The Registry lists two types of credits: Estimated and Verified

  • Estimated credits, sold in Estimated Radiative Forcing Units (ERFUs), are available for purchase on a pre-sale basis when a Project Plan is initially validated. They cannot be retired until the project undergoes verification, at which time they automatically convert to verified credits.
  • Verified credits, sold in Verified Radiative Forcing Units (VRFUs), are available for purchase once a Project has been verified.

All credits are sold by vintage year -- that is, the year for which they are relevant.

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    1. Contact the Registry

    Complete a short online Application Form so that we can learn more about your interests.

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    2. Review Manual and Agreement

    Review the Project Proponent Manual, which explains the process, then review and sign the Registry Service Agreement.

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    3. Establish Your Climate Footprint

    Provide data and documents to determine your organization’s Climate Footprint, which will include existing carbon footprint documentation if applicable.

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    4. View Available Credits

    Visit the Registry Portal to review available estimated and verified credits for purchase.

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    5. Purchase Offset Credits

    Select available estimated or verified credits, and retire verified credits to obtain offset value.

Calculate Your Climate Footprint

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    Your climate footprint is your annual contribution to global RF, based on your organization’s activities, use of energy and resources, supply chains, and products. This includes Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

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    Your climate footprint is your annual contribution to global RF, based on your lifestyle, including the types of products and services you use, the amount of driving and flying you do, the way you eat, and the home you live in.